A Solid 15 Minutes of Useless Information

This video is sponsored by Squarespace. A year ago today, I released one of my most
popular videos: A Solide 10 Minutes of Useless Informatio. Of the over-40 videos I’ve released since
then, it remains the ONE thing that people continually request a follow up to. I don’t know why. Think of all the productive things you could
be doing instead of watching a video like this. [Austin sips his coffee.] Alright… let’s get to it. [MUSIC] The study of the relative spatial arrangement
of atoms that form the structure of molecules is called stereochemistry. The average calorie count in a single serving
of Peter Pan Creamy Peanut Butter… is 210. In the year 2014, Vizio recalled 245,000 E-Series
39 inch and 42 inch television sets, which sold for anywhere between $370 and $450. The problem? The television stands had a tendency to snap. Telephone numbers in Kazakhstan are under
a unified numbering plan with Russia and use the country calling code +7. According to a study based on 2010 census
data, Lubbock, TX is the most boring city in America, while Detroit, MI consistently
places #1 by various outlets as the most dangerous. For those interested, Google Maps estimates
it’s about a 22-hour drive to or from (if you’re wanting to avoid toll roads). John L. Sullivan was a 19th century Irish-American
boxer recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing under the London Prize
Ring Rules, and was affectionately known as “The Boston Strong Boy.” The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William
Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592. In the United States, the first major radio
adaptation (a 45-minute version by John Barrymore) was aired in 1937 on the NBC Blue Network. The Spring of Khosrow was an ancient Persian
carpet that allegedly covered 40,000 square feet. This is a shag area rug that is available
at most Walmart Super Centers. It covers 35 square feet, and can be purchased
for the retail price of 38.88. One of the oldest typefaces still in regular
use is Garamond, which originated around the year 1530, and to this day is still widely
used in book printing. This stock footage clip is entitled “Farming
Tractor Carrying a Load Haystacks Driving Along an Open Field at Sunset”, and was produced
by freelance videographer Kristian Kettner. It has a total runtime of 30 seconds, but
we’ll cut it short because I think it’ll help the overall pacing of this video. Lewis Wilson was the first actor to play Batman
on-screen in a 1943 black-and-white 15-chapter theatrical serial from Columbia Pictures. Crying usually gives you a runny nose because
excess tears produced by your lacrimal glands flow into your tear ducts and drain into your
nasal cavity. The first expedition to reach the South Pole
was led by a Norwegian explorer named Roald Amundsen. On December 14, 1911, he beat a British party
led by explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who would arrive five weeks later. The Canon AE-1 is one of the most reliable
35mm film cameras in the world. It has a small battery compartment in the
front, and it’s used to power the camera’s light meter. The Baldknobbers is the longest-running variety
show in the tourist town of Branson, Missouri. Door knobs were first manufactured in the
United States in the mid-nineteenth century. Simon Says is a children’s game for 3 or
more players in which one player issues instructions to the other players which are to be followed
only if specific permission has been given with the preface “Simon says”. If an action WITHOUT this preface is performed
by a player, they are eliminated from the game. A similar permission game is “Mother May
I?”, which adds the game mechanic of stepping forward or backward to a finish line. Rather than being eliminated for a mistake,
in Mother May I, a player simply takes a step backward, and is allowed to continue playing
until one player crosses the threshold. Canadian Geese have an average lifespan of
anywhere from 10-24 years. This is Alan Sheperd. At age 47, he became the fifth, the oldest,
and the earliest-born person to walk on the Moon. During his mission, he hit two golf balls
across the lunar surface. In 2003, New Zealand issued 50 cent pieces
featuring Frodo, Gandalf, Gollum, Sauron, and Aragorn to celebrate The Lord of the Rings
motion picture trilogy. By the same token, the St. Louis Browns were
a Major League Baseball team that started as the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1906 they moved to St. Louis and played
there for 52 years before relocating to Baltimore and changing their name to the Orioles. While friendly, Cocker Spaniels tend to have
the most health issues out of the various dog breeds. They are known to have a wide variety of orthopaedic
issues, and are also prone to heart disease, liver disease, and epilepsy. For a richer flavor when making cookies, try
chilling your dough for a few hours before baking! It helps the moisture and fat spread evenly
throughout the dough as it bakes, and it’ll give your cookies a nice, soft center. This is the Shure SM58. It’s a professional dynamic cardiod microphone
usually used in live vocal performances. It’s the best selling microphone in the world,
and is also known as one of the most dependable ever made. Seriously… you can like, run it over with
a truck and it’ll still work. While shooting THIS video, I accidentally
dropped it… that explains the dent. It’s okay though, because I bought this replacement,
which evidently causes cancer and reproductive harm when used in California. The Department of Transportation recommends
that yellow lights should be programmed to last between 3 and 6 seconds. This is a doodle I received from a guy named
Ethan in Williamsville, NY depicting me surrounded by a flood of letters sent to me from viewers
after I recently opened a PO box. Two weeks in, and I have to say, he was right
on the money. The Little Drummer Boy was a Top 40 hit every
December from the years 1958 to 1962. Yamaha Drums is a subsidiary of the Yamaha
Corporation founded in 1967. They manufacture acoustic and electronic drum
kits… including The Yamaha Phoenix, which currently retails for over $3,000 USD. In the pre-WWII era, gas stations had poor
lighting conditions. Gas pumps contained lighted globes on top
so drivers could recognize various gas brands while driving at night. George Lucas’s very first movie was a 1-minute
animated short called Look at Life. You can find a great breakdown of it from
an occasionally pretentious YouTuber using the link in this video’s description. Pressing and holding the space bar while using
the iPhone’s keyboard is a great way to quickly navigate to a specific place in a
large body of text. Most Draino products are not recommended for
use in toilets, as the heat generated from the chemical reaction can crack the porcelain
used for the toilet bowl or soften and cause major leaks in the PVC used in most pipes. Also, for those curious, PVC stands for polyvinyl
chloride. Just throwing that out there. Lincoln Logs, the children’s toy that consists
of square-notched miniature logs used to build small forts and other structures, were invented
around the year 1916 by John Lloyd Wright, who was the second son of the well known architect
Frank Lloyd Wright. Prepackaged salads tend to keep in most refrigerators
for about 3-5 days, and the average chiropractor visit in the United States can range from
$34 to $106 depending on where you live. The most expensive Beanie Baby ever sold at
auction was this Purple Princess Bear, a special edition created to raise money for The Diana,
Princess of Wales Memorial Fund following her untimely death. It snagged $10,000, and another one is currently
listed on Ebay with an asking price of over $600,000. The National Weather Service will occasionally
issue both Tornado Watches and Tornado Warnings. What’s the difference? A Tornado Watch can last for up to 6 hours,
and means tornadic storms are possible in the area. During that time frame, it is advisable to
make shelter preparations. A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has
either been observed or detected in an area, and shelter needs to be taken immediately. These can last for up to an hour. You aren’t JUST getting bigger… the candy
IS getting smaller! Shrinkflation is the seedy practice of subtly
reducing the size of a product while keeping or raising its original price. In 2010, Kraft reduced its 200g Toblerone
bar to 170g. In March 2014, Coca-Cola reduced the size
of their 2 liter bottle to 1.75 liters. What are YOU gonna do about it? Along the same lines, “Honey I Shrunk The
Kids” is a 1989 comedy film starring Rick Moranis, one of my favorite actors. Fast Travel, a video game mechanic where a
player’s character can instantly warp between two previously discovered locations without
having to move between them in real time, was likely first introduced in 1981’s Ultima,
originally released for the Apple II. To this day, it continues to be a controversial
game mechanic that, although convenient, often robs players of a game world’s sense of
scale, and an element of realism in open-world quests. Silhouette Animation is a variant of Cutout
Animation in which the characters are backlit and only visible as silhouettes. For an example, you can see the 2000 French
motion picture Princes et Princesses, or this video I produced in 2019 on how to survive
a bear attack. A philanthropist is a person who seeks to
promote the welfare of others, typically by generously donating money to good causes. A philanderer is a man who frequently enters
into flings with various women without ever committing to a serious relationship. It is VERY important not to get these two
words confused. The first Super Bowl was played on January
15, 1967 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers. Nobody at the time realized how big the game
would become over the years, so both NBC and CBS wiped the videotapes of the broadcast. A complete recording of the game was thought
to be lost, until January 11, 2016, when the NFL announced they had combed the earth and
recovered footage of all 145 plays from various sources. This found footage was meticulously stitched
together, and the game was finally re-aired in its entirety 49 years after the original
broadcast. W-who cares who won? Moving on! Noh is one of the oldest theatre traditions
in the world, originating in 14th century Japan. A highly rigid and traditional art, it gave
birth to Kabuki, a much more lively and flamboyant variant featuring contemporary stories and
exciting fight scenes. Until the 1680s, real weapons were used in
its sword fights. Available in this video’s description is a
Kabuki adaptation of the new Star Wars trilogy, and I highly recommend you take the time to
watch it. It is estimated that windmills kill about
328,000 birds per year. There are only two bathrooms on the International
Space Station. The urine of both the crewmembers and the
station’s lab animals is filtered back into the drinking water supply. [Audience lets out an ‘ewwww’ sound.] “Wild Bill” Curry was one of the first professional
wrestlers to use a folding chair in the ring. The first text message was sent on December
3, 1992. The average person has about 10,000 taste
buds, most of which are replaced every 2 weeks or so. In his younger years, Herbert Hoover lived
in China with his wife developing gold mines on behalf of the Chinese Engineering and Mining
Company. While there, the couple learned how to speak
the native language. Years later, when he served as the 31st President
of the United States, the couple could have private conversations in Mandarin without
fear of anyone eavesdropping. Sprinkles last for about 3-5 years after the
best buy date stamped on the container. Of the 413,752 votes cast in the 1926 Nebraska
Gubernatorial Election, 7 were for write-in candidates. Over a 78 and a half year lifetime, the average
person will use 656 bars of soap. The 2017-2018 model of the popular Titleist
Pro V1 golf ball has 352 dimples. Starting with iOS7, the iPhone’s clock icon
became animated to reflect the current time. An average of 21 games were released every
day in the year 2017 through Steam, a video game digital distribution service by the company
Valve. For those interested, it was 45 degrees Fahrenheit
at 6:31pm in Tokyo, Japan on March 13, 2003. According to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, most car accidents occur between 3 and 6pm, due to the high volume
of vehicles on the road. Saturday is considered the most dangerous
day of the week to drive. The Columbia Pictures film “To Sir, With Love”
was the sixth-highest grossing movie of 1967. Speaking of which, the planet Jupiter has
67 confirmed and named moons. The New York Knicks had a record of 43-39
in the 1967-68 season. They finished 3rd in the NBA’s Eastern Division. About 14.5 billion spam emails are sent every
single day. They account for 45% of total emails, and
they usually generate 1 reply for every 12 and a half million sent. The bicycle was invented in 1817. On February 7th of that same year, Baltimore
became the first American city lit by gas street lamps. After both players take a single turn in a
game of chess, there are 400 possible board setups. After the second pair of turns, the number
increases to 197,742… and after three turns, the number increases to 121 million. The Polaroid Corporation hit peak its revenue
with three billion United States dollars in the year 1991. Mississippi’s state flower is the magnolia,
and last (but not least), in an official survey conducted by the company Crayola in both the
years 1999 and 2000, the most popular crayola color was… …blue! Six other shades of blue finished in the Top
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96 thoughts on “A Solid 15 Minutes of Useless Information

  1. You tell me it's useless information but the bits about the iPhone space bar and the Draino seem like pretty useful information to me. I've been lied to.

  2. Simon Says is actually really complicated when you describe it that way

  3. I feel that one about the Packers v. Chiefs Super Bowl. At least the Chiefs can win this Sunday.

  4. 5:01 WOW what a coincidence, I was born in Baltimore and my best friend was born in Milwaukee but we both live in and met in China

  5. pointless correction to useless information, the state flower of Mississippi is the Southern Magnolia (magnolia grandiflora), the clip you showed appears to be a saucer magnolia (magnolia x soulangeana), the southern magnolia is an evergreen tree with large white flowers, while the saucer magnolia is a deciduous shrub with large pink tinted flowers.

  6. "A year ago today, I released one of my most popular videos."
    *Video has less than a million views*

  7. 😂 this is great do "A solid 20 minutes of useless information" next year please ^^

  8. I hate iphones so very much but I have to use one because it's a company phone. I frequently am infuriated by the need to place the cursor mid-word and there being no intuitive way to do so. Forever was I doomed to place the cursor at the end of a word, delete the whole word, then retype it if I misspelled something… Until now. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    WARNING: Apple software is known to cause cancer and reproductive harm.

  9. "Let's see what will my subscriptions offer me today for procrastinating instead of working on important things"

    sees thumbnail

    "Perfect, this will do"

  10. "We don't need to talk about the team that won the first Superb Owl"
    It's ok, the Chiefs have a chance to redeem themselves. I know they already won it two years after that first appearance, but the timing is uncanny.

  11. You missed one, useless fact: slightly above average content creator, Austin McConnell, has now made TWO videos on useless information

  12. Vantablack is one of the blackest blacks and the closest thing to real life photoshop appearance irl. It's freaky. Also, the Coronavirus was said to likely originate from snakes. And from a video from the langfocus guy~ a vestigial remnant of Celtic influence in English is what John McWhorter calls the "meaningless do" such as in the sentence construction "do you want coffee?" you can just as easily say "you want coffee?". Also my cat is the cutest. There is no debating this.

  13. I was holding a SM58 replacing its cover when you mentioned it in the video

  14. There is no such thing as useless information. Even the seemingly most pointless info carries meta info; why did you pick these facts at minimum. That can help someone, for instance, work out who you are as a person so that they get one over on you, or find out whether they like you. Beyond that, the info here is interesting on it's own merit, but can at minimum round out one's understanding of the world.

    Not all info is equally useful, but all info is useful in some way for some thing, even if it is only to "merely" fulfil your personal interests.

    The info about English cocker spaniels is actually useful, if you own one or want to own one.

    Also, I like that rug. I didn't know it existed, might go buy one 🙂

  15. Still much more exciting than the Impeachment trial has been – and I feel smarter at the end to boot! 😏

  16. The whole time during the video I was like:

    C'mon this is useless, put your phone away

    And I still kept on watching till the end

  17. you fool… i will be using all of these in a book where i talk about useless information, thus making all of this information useful

  18. The moment I heard “this video is sponsored by Squarespace” was the moment I knew that the title was 100% accurate

  19. Pffft, 15 minutes of useless information? Try 13 years of useless information. *cough* *cough* school

  20. Ok, listen here, if you are reading this : you /!/** N E E D **/!/, and I cannot stress this enough, to watch Prince and Princess and everything made by that studio. If you have kids from 1 to 99 it's absolutely perfect. For real watch it.
    The world deserves to know.

  21. PIck up 5 more minutes every year. Yes, every year, even if the time eventually exceeds an hour or two.

  22. This is a movie adaptation of clicking "Random article" on Wikipedia for 15 minutes.

  23. I cannot believe it that cobalt wasn't on the top blue crayon colors.

    Sad me noises

  24. He isn’t kidding this video is useless.

    Just kidding. Love your stuff Austin.

  25. I enjoyed the video, however I am disliking it because of the blatantly false title regarding the nature of the information.

  26. If you called the video something like "15 minutes of the most surprising facts you never knew!" the views would grow at least twofold.

  27. You have the perfect teaching and/or narration voice. You're easy to listen to and speak evenly enough that I don't get irritated like I do with some other youtubers. And yes, I enjoyed listening to all these tidbits of random trivia

  28. It´s that a lot of them are useless but some are interesting making you want more!
    For example why you have a runny nose while crying

  29. Well Austin we shouldn’t care who won the first Super Bowl but instead the one thats coming up cause we are going to take the win

  30. Bruh you can't say "by the same token" and have the next topic be unrelated. You're killing me here Austin.

  31. What? Useless? There is a substantial amount of information here that I will in fact use currently or will probably use in the future. Everything else has been used in a video to entertain, therefore, none of this is useless.


  33. Some more useless information, the light at the beginning would be darth mauls saber if he were a Jedi.

  34. For the fact about geese. You showed a picture of a Canada goose but said "Canadian geese". Is your fact saying that a Canadian Canada Goose has a different life expectancy than an American Canada Goose? And is it all geese from Canada or is it just Canadian Canada Geese? I need clarification, please!

  35. When AFL appeared on screen I thought he was gonna about to talk about Aussie rules

  36. This video existing is direct proof that Austin's audience will listen to him talk about literally anything as long as we get to hear his voice.

  37. 7:17 not just pressing and holding the space bar, but pressing and holding anywhere on the keyboard

  38. I really like how smooth the transitions are from one fact to another. You would take one word, number, or idea to string a connection between them and it helps with the overall engagement. And at the very last fact when you said the most popular crayola color was blue, I was delightly surprised because it came full circle. The blue thumbnail, the blue lighting; it made sense. (And that blue is a generally a favorite color among many.) Thank you for these facts. 😀

  39. I have an idea – let's stop saying sorry and just do things. Fuck, I got drunk and sent a few photos to my contractor

  40. Robber: “alright I’m only going to say this once”

    Robber: “what does PVC stand for”

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